West Midlands Police in the UK has released CCTV footage that shows what is believed to be the first-ever theft of a car without using a key. The car in question was stolen from the owner's driveway while they slept.
Thefts of this nature have been made possible because criminals are able to take advantage of those vehicles fitted with keyless technology – often some of the most expensive on the road – by using specially adapted technology that mimics keys.
In this video, the two thieves stole a top of the range Mercedes car by using a device that amplified the code from the key that would have been located close to the front door. He then transmitted that signal to his accomplice, who in turn used it to trick the car into thinking he had the key.
The theft follows official advice from security organisations, such as the AA, to consider using steering wheel locks on even the most advanced cars, owing to the fact that criminals – as shown here – have developed methods that enable them to steal vehicles with the minimum of fuss and in a matter of seconds.
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